ATS2143 - Japanese intermediate 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Japanese Studies


Dr Shani Tobias

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (


This unit aims to consolidate and develop students' basic linguistic skills and socio-cultural knowledge in spoken and written Japanese at an intermediate level. The focus is to develop students' interactive competence, including linguistic, socio-linguistic and socio-cultural knowledge. The unit also aims to develop students' intercultural skills and ability to conduct independent research.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand simple dialogues and monologues in relation to everyday situations.
  2. Read and find specific information in simple, everyday texts in a variety of genres and media including the internet, with some assistance.
  3. Interact in short and simple social exchanges or tasks (e.g. asking for advice, requesting, apologising) and express intentions, hopes, gratitude, etc. using forms practiced in class and appropriate speech styles.
  4. Write short essays on Japan-related topics.
  5. Recognise and write approx. 90 new kanji (approx. 240 in total by the end of this unit).
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of aspects related to Japanese society and culture.
  7. Demonstrate intercultural skills which include awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences and similarities through comparison and reflection on students' own cultures and societies
  8. Apply research skills to independently find relevant information about an essay topic; organise, synthesise and analyse the information and communicate it in written and oral form.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1142 or equivalent